Sustainability, A Pitcher At A Time


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 As many of us recover from the activities of this “Non HPW”, I wonder how many opportunities were lost to enact some sustainable practices this weekend. Its hard to imagine how many  cans of  Natty or bottles of the  Andre´ were tossed in the trash or tucked  away in the bushes. It’s not just a question I raise just because this weekend past, but every weekend we seek a release from the stresses of being a student. Every register there is alcohol served and because kegs are not allowed on campus, the hosts are then required to buy around 450 cans each party. Because the cans are not redeemable, they are often tossed on the trash.  My question is, is there a way to make incorporate being sustainable  in the party activities on campus? Is there a way to create some incentive that encourages students to think about recycling more at parties and events? 

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Praise Globalization for Problems and Opportunities


Foxconn Shenzhen Plant

Foxconn Shenzhen Plant

On one hand globalization is good because when transnational corporations outsource production, it create opportunities for jobs in developing countries. Yet on the other hand, outsourcing to factories in these developing nations is harmful because many times these laborers are exploited and getting paid next to nothing. In fact the very reason these transnational corporations, such as Nike and Apple, are outsourcing production is to reduce the cost of production. Professor Zhu who has an intrusion in The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, does a fantastic job of explaining how China is a nation full of contradictions. Although these working conditions aren’t great, there are still thousands of people waiting at the gates of Foxconn for jobs. Factory jobs offer Chinese people with an opportunity for employment and to escape poverty, at the cost of facing exploitation.

 

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Welcome, Grab Your Paint Brush


Welcome.  Blogging is an essential part of this class.  WordPress is a software tool, a platform, that enables us to produce content, comment on our writing, and build an audience of readers and of interaction amongst ourselves as well as with the wider world.

As the blog grows over the semester, it will become more dynamic.  Yes, it looks a little bare now.  But that is by choice.  It is like a blank canvas, waiting for all of us to pencil in the outlines and color in the many hues.

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While you are, here, play around with the dashboard, with your user profile, with your post.

Challenges:

1) Can you add a picture to your user profile?

2) Can you give yourself a profile name ( a display name) that the rest of us can remember (as in , NOT hgr345)

3) Can you add Tags to your post?

4) Can you add any multimedia to your post?

5) Super-advanced: can you figure out how to turn on zemanta content like this post has (with the suggested posts below).

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